Leslie C. Levin

Joel Barlow Professor of Law
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Office: Hosmer 208
  • Lawyers and the Legal Profession
  • Legal Ethics
  • Media Law
  • Evidence

Leslie Levin is an expert on the legal profession, ethical decisionmaking and lawyer discipline, subjects she has examined in numerous scholarly articles, book chapters and presentations, as well as in her role as co-editor (with Lynn Mather) of Lawyers in Practice: Ethical Decisionmaking in Context. She was the principal investigator on a study funded by the Law School Admissions Council of the predictive value of the bar’s character and fitness inquiry. A member of the UConn Law faculty since 1994, she also has taught at New York University School of Law and the University of Haifa (as a Fulbright Specialist) and served as a visiting research fellow at the University of Queensland. From 2012-2014, she served as the Law School's associate dean for academic affairs.

Professor Levin, a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and Columbia Law School, clerked for Judge Robert W. Sweet in the Southern District of New York. She subsequently practiced for fourteen years at Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, where she represented media clients, engaged in commercial litigation and served on the firm’s Ethics Committee. She also served as secretary to the Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics of the New York City Bar Association. In recent years, she has served on the Connecticut Bar Association’s Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession and on the Connecticut Joint Task Force on Attorney Trustee Accounts.

Professor Levin served as the first director of the Law School’s Lawyering Process Program and as the first faculty pro bono coordinator. At the request of the Connecticut Judicial Branch Access to Justice Commission, she recently co-authored a report and recommendations about access to justice for self-represented litigants.

Leslie Levin, Christine Zozula & Peter Siegelman, The Questionable Character of the Bar’s Character and Fitness Inquiry, 40 Law & Soc. Inquiry 51 (2015)

Leslie Levin, The Monopoly Myth and Other Tales About the Superiority of Lawyers, 82 Fordham L. Rev. 2611 (2014)

Leslie Levin & Lynn Mather, eds., Lawyers in Practice: Ethical Decision Making In Context (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2012)
Leslie Levin, Review, Bad Apples, Bad Lawyers or Bad Decisionmaking: Lessons from Psychology and from Lawyers in the Dock (reviewing Richard Abel, "Lawyers in the Dock: Learning from Attorney Disciplinary Proceedings" (2011)) 22 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 1594 (2009)
Leslie LevinGuardians at the Gates: The Backgrounds, Career Paths and Professional Development of Private U.S. Immigration Lawyers 34 Law & Soc. Inquiry 399 (2009)
Leslie Levin, Pro Bono and Low Bono in the Solo and Small Firm Context in Private Lawyers and the Public Interest: The Evolving Role of Pro Bono in the Legal Profession (Robert Granfield & Lynn Mather, eds., 2009)
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